On Saturday, the Central Christian College men's and women's basketball teams traveled down to Bethany, Oklahoma, just outside of Oklahoma City, for an SAC matchup with the Southwestern Christian University Eagles. The day didn't turn out as planned as the Eagles defeated both Tiger teams.
In the opening game of the afternoon, the SCU women defeated the Tiger women 86-59. The Tigers trailed 21-9 at the end of the first quarter, and 47-22 at the halftime intermission. The Tigers got their offense going in the third quarter scoring 18 points in the period, but defensively they couldn't find a way to stop the Eagles as they extended their lead to 73-40 heading into the final quarter. In the 4th, the Tigers continued to find a way to score points, and defensively they held the Eagles to 13 points. They were able to cut into the lead but it wasn't enough as the Eagles held on for the victory 89-56.
The highlight of the night for the Tigers came a minute into the 4th quarter when Abbie Banksknocked down a three pointer to give her a team leading 17 points in the game. More importantly, that three pointer gave her 1001 points for her career. She joins just six other Central women's basketball players, since the Tigers joined the NAIA, in the 1000 point club. Christy Pyle, who played from 2003-2007 currently tops the club with 1610 points in her career. Banks joins the club and sits at #6 as a junior. With at least three games left this season, and another year of eligibility, she will certainly move up on the list.
Three other Tigers joined Banks in double figures in scoring. Holly Golden and Abigail Andersonboth added 12 points while Vestiney Cooke recorded a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers will wrap up the regular season next weekend, going on the road Thursday at Texas Wesleyan University and then at Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday.
For the Tiger men, they took on an Eagle team that occupied the 8th spot in the SAC conference standings, one spot above them. The Tigers had a chance to gain some ground, but the Eagles were up to the task, defending their home court, and defeating the Tigers 78-68.
The Tigers fell behind in the opening half, and by the intermission, the Eagles and a slim 6 point lead 39-36. In the second half, they couldn't find a way to cut into the Eagle lead. At the final horn, the Eagles had extended the lead from 6 to 10, defeating the Tigers 78-68. On the stat sheet, the Tigers had fewer turnovers (21) than the Eagles (24), and were dead even on the boards with 36. The difference came in shooting. For the game, the Tigers shot 36% from the floor and 31% from behind the arc while the Eagles shot 50% from the field and made 46% of their three pointers.
Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by Jubril Osagie who led all scorers with 19. Cam Martinwas right behind him with 18, and TJ Williams rounded out the double digit scoring with 12. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 13-13 on the season and 6-12 in the SAC. They will finish the regular season next weekend at Texas Wesleyan and SAGU. They will play at TXWU at 8:00 pm Thursday and then at 3:00 on Saturday at SAGU.